As suicides have risen in Virginia – including a 29 percent increase among children in 2016 – Gov. Ralph Northam has signed legislation calling on state officials to report how they are addressing the problem. … [Read more...]
About Mentally Healthy Norfolk Month
An estimated 60,000 or more Norfolk residents will face mental illness in their lives -- or are currently confronting it now. This month is an effort to lower the stigma around mental health, and to encourage those impacted to seek the help they need, and the long-term healing plans that will facilitate their long and happy lives.
Mentally Healthy Norfolk Month aims to inform and empower the community through a series of workshops, public service campaigns, and educational events designed to foster mentally healthy conversations in our community, and beyond.
The initiative is a collaboration between leaders in Norfolk public health, non-profits, government, public education, higher ed, faith, and media.
Mentally Healthy Events in Norfolk this October
Art and Mental Health through the Eyes of the Artist
10/1 - 10/15
The Chrysler Museum of Art in Norfolk is featuring an exhibit highlighting various aspects of mental health. The exhibit includes local-youth artwork from the Kempsville Center for Behavioral Health's patients and fabric cloaks interpreting mental illness created by Green Run Collegiate International Baccalaureate Visual Arts students.
Presented in collaboration with National Alliance on Mental Illness.
Talk Saves Lives Training
Monday | 10/2
Take 45 minutes out of your life to learn how to save a life. This course will be held simultaneously at five locations in Norfolk. No need to sign up in advance -- just show up with an open heart. Class starts at 6pm.
A Concert for Mental Health Awareness
Friday | 10/6
An interactive, full-sensory experience provided by The Up Center to elevate your mental state and educate everyone on the mind-body connection. Featuring Pet Name, Deathhouse Blues, and Bended Light.
The concert takes place at Toast. For more info, click here.
Out of the Darkness Community Walk
Saturday | 10/14
When you walk in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss.
The event begins at 10am at MacArthur Center Green. For more info, click here.
Good Health-a-Thon: Creating a Mentally Healthy Community for Seniors
Primeplus provides services and activities on a daily basis that support healthy mental health in the region. They are ramping up to provide services, classes, information and conversation on October 18 as a way to support #talkaboutitNorfolk.
The event will be held at Primeplus from 8:30am to 4:30pm. Primeplus is located at 7300 Newport Avenue in Norfolk.
Mind, Body & Soul Fair at Stockley Gardens
Learn ways to heal your own mind, body, and soul through this day of free workshops, including on meditation, gentle yoga, art therapy, mindfulness for parents, and coping with postpartum depression.
The event runs from 10am to 5pm at the lawn outside Christ and St. Luke's Church, which is located at 560 W Olney Rd.
Reducing Depression, Stress and Anxiety in the LGBTQ and LGBTQ Youth Community
Wednesday | 10/25
Social stigma, bullying and barriers to care affect the LGBTQ community’s mental health in a number of ways. Please join us for a community conversation on how depression, stress and anxiety affect the LGBTQ community. Our guest speakers will talk about their work in the LGBTQ mental health space and how LGBTQ individuals, the medical community, and allies can be supportive.
The event will be held at the LGBT Life Center from 6:30 to 8pm. The Center is located at 248 W 24th St. in Norfolk.
Science Pubs: Healing Our Heroes: The Science of Risk and Resilience for Military Mental Health
Thursday | 10/26
Meet at Smartmouth Brewing to hear from Professor Rob Cramer of Old Dominion University, who will discuss how our community can best heal our heroes once they're home.
The event begins at 6pm. To RSVP, click here.
5th Annual CHAS Foundation Celebration
Saturday | 10/28
The Chas Foundation is a Norfolk-based non-profit that supports families with mental illness by raising awareness and growing community support. The party will feature great food, drinks, and live music.
The event takes place at O'Connor Brewing, and goes from 4pm to 8pm. For more info, click here.
If You Need Help
If you are in crisis, please go to the emergency room or call 911! We need you!
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 1-800-273-8255.
Prefer texting? Text 741 741. Help will text back.
We suggest that you investigate your options, including the following, and what your private insurance might offer. These local organizations offer free or reduced rate help. Click on the name for more information.
The Up Center’s caring counseling professionals can help people of all ages dealing with life’s challenges. Many services are free or offered on a sliding fee scale*. They also accept many insurances. All clients seeking counseling services are will be served regardless of ability to pay. No one is refused service because of lack of financial means to pay.
Focusing on the needs of adults with serious mental illness.
Specializing in Individual, Couples and Family Counseling.
The Hofheimer Hall Outpatient Clinic addresses a full range of psychiatric disorders and subspecialties, including the following: Pharmacological management/Pharmacotherapy; Psychological/Neuropsychological testing; Consultative/Liaison services; Personality Assessment; Psychotherapy for all age groups, as well as individual and group modalities.
Mental Health By the Numbers
Norfolk lost 24 citizens to suicide in 2015
(Source: VDH, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, May 2017)
An estimated 600 Norfolk citizens attempted suicide in 2015
(Source: American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
20% of Norfolk’s suicide deaths were under the age of 24
(Source: VDH, Office of the Chief Medical Examiner, May 2017)
1 in 4 Norfolk teens reported depression routinely hindering their everyday activities
(Source: The Virginia Atlas of Community Health)
11.7 % of Norfolk citizens report feeling “frequent mental distress”
(Source: County Health Rankings)
15.2% of Coastal Virginia High Schoolers have contemplated suicide
(Source: Virginia Youth Survey)
Military veterans are 21% more likely to take their own lives
(Source: Department of Veterans Affairs)
Norfolk Yoga Month
Because living a healthy and mindful lifestyle is a key to good mental health, Norfolk Yoga Month is happening in conjunction with Mentally Healthy Norfolk Month.
All proceeds go to benefit The Up Center's mental health counseling.
For your $25 donation to The Up Center, you receive one class at each of Norfolk's five yoga studios during October. For more, click here: NFK Yoga Month.
Mentally Healthy Norfolk Planning Committee Members:
Dr. Terry Whibley, vice mayor, City of Norfolk
Tanya Karapurkar Bhasin, member, Norfolk School Board
Dr. Demetria Lindsay, director, Norfolk Health District
Dr. Cynthia Romero, director, M. Foscue Brock Institute for Community and Global Health at Eastern Virginia Medical School
Professor Robert Cramer, Community & Environmental Health, Old Dominion University
Michelle Peterson, director, Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation
Beau Kirkwood, director, The Chas Foundation
Eric Peterson, Sarah Michelle Peterson Foundation
Bobette Nelson, Community Member
Sarah Bishop, The Up Center
Hannah Billings, Marketing & Communications Manager, The Up Center
Christine Agbuya, Marketing Director, The Up Center
Jarrett Beeler, creative director, Sway Creative Labs
Lori Crouch, corporate communications director, City of Norfolk
Win Lewis, rector, Christ and St. Luke's Episcopal Church
John Rohrs, rector, St. Andrew's Episcopal Church
Karen Hopkins, Georgetown University
Jesse Scaccia, editor, AltDaily.com
Press Coverage of Mentally Healthy Norfolk Month
Editorial: Norfolk focuses on mental health
in the Virginian-Pilot
Mentally Healthy Norfolk
on ABC 13
Norfolk couple works to prevent suicides
in The Virginian-Pilot
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